All entries for Sunday 06 July 2014
July 06, 2014
Boundaries in knowledge sharing
We're in the era where there's not too little data - but simply too much.
The internet played a big part - and everything that subsequently followed = migration from print to soft-media, social media, websites, mobility, search engines.
So it's not a challenge of where can I get the information as much as to how we can disseminate information appropriately. In organisations, that requires individuals to know more about something than others - but most importantly - to share that.
I've been in, seen, and heard of cases where although one knows enough about something, they don't want to share it because they are afraid of sharing too much that it affects their performance. How so? Because apparently knowing too much can be dangerous if you're trying to outperform another person.
I think what's missing here is the alignment of objectives, as we've learned in so many of our classes (latest is OPP i believe), that if there's an alignment in goals & objectives, sharing knowledge that will benefit your colleague, your team, and your company should not be faced with such barriers.